Google has updated its Google Camera app for its smartphones. It is now possible to manually select the macro mode, but also to zoom using a double press or to choose the exposure time in night mode.
Two months after the release of its Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, Google continues to update its two high-end smartphones. With a new version of the Google Camera app, they now have easier access to macro shooting.
Until now, to take a photo in macro mode on the Pixel 7, users necessarily had to go to the app settings to select the ” auto macro“. The latter allowed the application to understand the cases where the user wanted to capture shots in macro mode – generally with a focus made very close to the lens. Now Google Camera update to version 8.7.250 allows users to manually select macro mode.
To do this, Google has added an option in the quick settings of its application, accessible at the top left of the screen, alongside night shots, image ratio or self-timer. This entry “macro focus”, identified byAndroid Policeoffers users three options: off, automatic, and on.
Enough to allow photographers who would like to have fun capturing textures, plants, dew or drops of water to select the target mode in advance, without necessarily having to rely on the analysis of the scene by the phone.
Remember that macro photography aims to reproduce the exact scale of the subject on the photo sensor. Thus, in macro, a subject of 1 cm in length will occupy an area of 1 cm on the sensor. This is the famous 1:1 ratio. While this type of shooting is usually achieved using dedicated photo lenses on mirrorless cameras, most smartphones use a specific camera or, in the case of high-end models, the ultra large camera. angle. It must be said that this generally allows a much closer focusing distance.
Other new features and many smartphones concerned
Among the other new features of Google Camera, we can note the possibility of making a double tap on the screen when shooting to switch from wide-angle to x2 zoom. This update also allows you to select the folder where photos are saved — the gallery or a locked folder. Finally, this update also allows you to select the length of the shot during photos taken in night shot mode.
In addition to this update on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, Google Camera version 8.7 also affects previous Google phones, starting with the Google Pixel 4. Nevertheless, the function related to shutter time in night mode seems reserved only to Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
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